Entertainment Movies 'Hustlers' Gets Glowing First Reviews: Jennifer Lopez 'Will Be Nominated for an Oscar' Jennifer Lopez's stripper drama Hustlers world premiered a the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday By Nigel Smith Nigel Smith Nigel Smith is Senior News Editor, Movies at PEOPLE. He is an Entertainment Editor and Writer with more than 10 years of experience in the online and print industries as a journalist, storyteller, proofreader and manager. In 2017 Smith joined the PEOPLE editorial team in New York as News Editor, Movies. He has written feature stories and reviews including interviews with Ryan Reynolds, Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Hudson and Russell Crowe. Prior, he served as News Editor at the Wrap in Los Angeles, and Entertainment Editor at the Guardian, also in LA, where he covered the red carpet at major awards shows including the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Governors Awards, Grammy Awards and Independent Spirit Awards. He also attended and reported on major film festivals at Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Telluride, SXSW and Tribeca. Smith has appeared as an expert commentator on numerous morning and entertainment shows including Good Morning America, Today, NBC News, BBC News, Access Hollywood, NY1, PeopleTV and more. A native of Toronto, Canada, Smith graduated from Syracuse University in New York State with Master of Arts degree in Arts Journalism (Film). He is married and lives in New York City. People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 8, 2019 11:40 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Jennifer Lopez appears to have hit it out of the park with her critically acclaimed stripper drama Hustlers. The film, co-starring Constance Wu, Julia Stiles, Lizzo and Cardi B, had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday, where Lopez was joined by her fiancé Alex Rodriguez. In Hustlers, Lopez stars as Ramona, the head of a popular and successful strip club who aims to get the upper hand on her Wall Street clients with the help of her crew, which includes Wu’s Destiny. In a tweet following the premiere, Vulture‘s Hunter Harris praised the film as “perfect” while predicting that Lopez will be nominated for her first Oscar for her performance. “J Lo can’t and won’t be stopped,” said Variety‘s Matt Donnelly, who also called the film “empowering.” Over at The Daily Beast, Kevin Fallon went so far as to say “I don’t think it’s too much to say that Jennifer Lopez may have one of the best film entrances ever” in Hustlers. Keep It podcaster and writer Ira Madison III added that Cardi is a “natural talent” in the film, and raved about the importance of having a female director like Lorene Scafaria behind the camera. RELATED VIDEO: Jennifer Lopez Shows Off Her Figure in a One-Piece Swimsuit: ‘#JulyBaby’ In a recent interview with ES Magazine, Lopez said that stripping in Hustlers was a “brand-new feeling.” “I’m used to being on stage in sexy costumes, but I have three layers of tights and fishnets and a bodysuit,” she said. “It was a brand-new feeling to come out practically naked, in front of all those men — 300 extras hooting and hollering — and dance for money.” “There’s something liberating and empowering about it,” Lopez added, “but you’re really out there, physically, emotionally and psychologically.” STXfilms RELATED: Jennifer Lopez Says Stripping in Hustlers Was a ‘Brand-New Feeling’: You’re ‘Practically Naked’ The film was inspired by a true story detailed in a New York Magazine article titled “The Hustlers at Scores,” which was first published in December 2015. Hustlers hits theaters Sept. 13.